Boston Mineral Club
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The Boston Mineral Club (BMC) was founded in 1936 to "promote the study and collecting of rocks and minerals, to encourage friendly cooperation among mineralogists and collectors, [and] to promote the study of mineralogy and related arts and sciences coming within the purview of earth sciences..."
In the pursuit of these goals, the BMC offers educational programs at club meetings, mineral collecting field trips, a newsletter, and access to our mineralogical reference library.
The Boston Mineral Club is a member of the American Federation of Mineral Societies and the Eastern Federation of Mineral and Lapidary Societies. The BMC also is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) educational organization.
The Boston Mineral Club is proud of its long tradition of conducting field trips to collecting localities throughout the New England area. Information about trips planned for the current year is published in our newsletters which can be found in the members only area of the website.
The club also organizes occasional trips to localities outside of New England. Previous destinations have included Nova Scotia, Kentucky, Georgia and Arizona. You can view photos of our 2009 trip to Nova Scotia here: Nova Scotia 2009.
Information about the regular monthly meetings of the club can be found on the meetings page.
This will now be the 6th year in a row that the February meeting of the Boston Mineral Club will be held jointly with the Boston Malacological Club (i.e.: The Shell Club). Both of our clubs meet at Harvard on the first Tuesday of the month and this combined meeting gives each group a chance to share information about our common interest in collecting beautiful objects from the natural world. The theme of this combined meeting is “The Minerals and Shells of South America”. Several short presentations by members of both clubs will provide an interesting and varied program. Brief outlines of each of the presentations are as follows:
Barbara Liebman – S. American Tourmaline
Barbara has served as secretary of the Boston Mineral Club and currently is the co-chair of our education committee. She has a keen eye for good mineral specimen bargains and her collection features many excellent tourmaline specimens from worldwide localities. She will bring in several specimens to illustrate the variety and beauty of tourmalines found in Brazil.
Donna Dickerson – Difficulties in Gemstone ID
Donna is a GIA certified gemologist as well as an active member of the Boston Mineral Club. She will discuss the difficulties of identifying gemstones without quantitative analyses and the dramatic effect that proper identification of the mineral species had on the value of a cut stone from South America.
Rich Piligian – South American Minerals
Rich serves the Boston Mineral Club as co-chair of our education committee. He has an extensive collection and will bring in several specimens to illustrate the variety of mineral species that can be found in South America.
Kristina Joyce – Shells and Minerals of Brazil
Kristina is a past president of the Boston Malacological Club and has been a member of the Boston Mineral Club since 2001. Kristina will present PowerPoint images of her Brazilian trip in 2008. She will also She will talk about the work of H. Stern with Brazilian gems in Minas Gerais and about land shells from Manaus, Amazon.
Warren Graff – South American Shells
Twice past president of the Boston Malacological Club, will show examples several types of South American Shells from his collection.
Scott Robichaud– South American Shells
Scott also is a past president of the Boston Malacological Club. He also will discuss and show examples of South American Shells from his collection.
The 12 nation states that occupy the South American continent include Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela. In keeping with the theme of the night, Boston Mineral Club members are encouraged to bring in one or two special mineral specimens in their collection that were mined in South America and shell club members similarly are encouraged to bring in any special South American shells in their collections. The BMC display case will be available to display your specimens.
The Harvard Mineral Museum will be open as usual from 7 to 8 PM and the meeting will be held in Haller Hall (our usual meeting room). Refreshments will be available starting at 7:30 PM and the meeting will formally begin at 8:00 PM with very short business meetings for both clubs before starting the presentations.
The evening will end with our traditional raffle. This meeting is usually attracts a large audience. I hope that you can attend.- Nate Martin, BMC President
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